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HPE Smart Array P420 Controller - Overview

Product description

The HPE Smart Array P420 Controller is a low profile, 6 Gb/s, PCIe 3.0, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) RAID controller that provides enterprise class, storage performance and data protection for select HPE ProLiant Gen8 rack servers and tower servers

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What's new

HPE Smart Array Advanced Pack 2.0 features are now part of the base features for the HPE Smart Array P420 Controller at no additional cost

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Product features

Feature
Description
Smart Array Advantage
  • Data compatibility

  • Consistent configuration and management tools

  • Smart Drive carrier

  • Pre-Failure warranty

Key features
  • The P420 Controller supports up to 60 drives depending on the server implementation

  • Seamless upgrades from past generations and upgrades to next generation HPE high performance and high capacity SAS Smart Array controllers

  • 6 Gb/s SAS technology delivers high performance and data bandwidth and contains full compatibility with 6 Gb/s SATA technology

  • x8 PCIe 3.0 host interface technology delivers high performance and data bandwidth up to 8GB/s maximum bandwidth

  • Modular, easy-to-upgrade design lets user optimize performance by upgrading from 40-bit 512MB cache to 72-bit 1GB Flash Backed Write Cache (FBWC) or 72-bit 2GB FBWC

  • Addition of the flash backed cache upgrade enables array expansion, logical drive extension,RAID migration, and stripe size migration

  • Standard on the P420 are RAID 6 ADG, RAID 60 ADG, RAID 1 ADM, Capacity expansion,mirror split, recombine, and rollback in online mode, drive erase, performance optimization-Degraded reads and read coalescing, Move/Delete any individual LUNS and online splitmirror

  • The HPE SSD Smart Path feature included in the Smart Array software stack improves SSD read for all RAID levels and RAID 0 write operations by optimizing the path to each SSD attached to the controller

  • The HPE Smart Cache licensed feature (Available as an additional option) is a controller-basedread caching solution in a DAS environment that caches the most frequently accessed data(Hot Data) onto lower latency SSDs to dynamically accelerate application workloads

  • Mix-and-match SAS and SATA hard drives, lets user deploy drive technology as needed to fit users computing environment

  • Software consistency on most current shipping Smart Array products: HPE Smart Storage Administrator, HPE Systems Insight Manager (SIM), and Intelligent Provisioning

  • Low-profile PCI express form factor - ships with a full size bracket for deployment in either alow-profile or full sized slot

Management features
  • Online array expansion (With FBWC)

  • Online advanced capacity expansion (With FBWC)

  • Online logical drive extension (With FBWC)

  • Online RAID level migration (With FBWC)

  • Online stripe size migration (With FBWC)

  • Online mirror split, recombine and rollback (With FBWC)

  • Unlimited global online spare assignment

  • User selectable expand and rebuild priority

  • User selectable RAID level and stripe size

  • User selectable read and write cache sizes

  • Supports predictive spare activation

Ports
Eight (8) SAS physical links (distributed across 2 internal x4 wide port connectors)
Performance
  • 6 Gb/s SAS [(600 MB/s bandwidth per physical link)]

  • x8 6 Gb/s SAS physical links (Compatible with 3 Gb/s SATA)

  • 512MB 72-bit wide DDR3-800 MHz FBWC (Flash-Based Write Cache), 1GB 72-bit wide DDR3-1333 MHz FBWC or 2GB 72-bit wide DDR3-1333 MHz FBWC provides up to 10.6 GB/s maximum bandwidth (On the DDR3-1333MHz cache)

  • x8 PCIe 3.0 host interface provides maximum bandwidth

  • Read ahead caching

  • Write-back caching (With FBWC)

Native command
Native Command Queuing (NCQ) is a technology designed to increase performance of SATA hard diskdrives by allowing the individual hard disk to internally optimize the order in which received read and write commands are executed
Capacity
Given the increasing need for high performance and rapid capacity expansion, the SA-P420 Controller offers:
  • Up to 240TB of total internal storage with 60 x 4TB LFF SATA hard drives.

  • Up to 24TB of total internal storage 900GB SFF SAS hard drives

Availability
Provides increased server uptime by providing advanced storage functionality:
  • Online RAID level migration between any RAID levels (With FBWC )

  • Online stripe size migration

  • Online capacity expansion

  • Online logical drive extension

  • Online active drive replacement

  • Online drive firmware upgrade

  • Unlimited global online spare

  • Pre-Failure warranty

Fault prevention
The following features offer detection of possible failures before they occur, allowing preventive action to be taken:
  • Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) first developed at HPE detectspossible hard disk failure before it occurs, allowing replacement of the hard drive before a realfailure occurs

  • Drive parameter tracking monitors drive operational parameters, predicting failure andnotifying the administrator

  • Dynamic sector repairing continually performs background surface scans on the hard disk drives during inactive periods and automatically remaps bad sectors, ensuring data integrity

  • Smart Array cache tracking monitors integrity of controller cache, allowing pre-failure preventative maintenance

Fault tolerance
  • RAID 6

  • RAID 60

  • RAID 5

  • RAID 50

  • RAID 1 and 10

  • RAID 1 ADM and 10 ADM

Fault recovery
  • Recovery ROM: This feature protects the user from a firmware image corruption by storing are dundant copy of the firmware image. If the active firmware image becomes corrupt, the controller will use the redundant firmware image and continue operating

  • On-Line spares: There is no limit to the number of spare drives that can be installed prior to drive failure. If a failure occurs, recovery begins with an On-Line Spare and data is reconstructed automatically

  • DRAM ECC detects and corrects data bit errors

  • Battery-backed write cache upgrade provides for up to two days of battery power for data cache retention. The data backup duration could be extended anytime the server's auxiliary power is available during system power down

  • Battery-backed write cache upgrade

Ease of use
Consistency and upgradeability on most current shipping Smart Array products make them unique in the industry:
  • GUI based configuration, management and diagnostic software tools with the HPE Smart Storage Administrator

  • GUI based configuration, management and diagnostic software tools with the HPE Smart Storage Administrator

  • Common data format between generations of products

  • Data migration between servers and external modular Smart Array enclosures

HPE SSD Smart Path
The HPE SSD Smart Path feature included in the Smart Array software stack improves Solid State Disk(SSD) read performance. With up to 4x better SSD read performance, HPE SSD Smart path chooses the optimum path to the SSD and accelerates reads for all RAID levels and RAID 0 writes
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (SP1, SP2, SPA)

  • VMware ESXi 5.0 U3

  • VMware vSphere 5.1 U2 and vSphere 5.5

HPE SmartCache
The HPE SmartCache licensed feature is a controller-based read caching solution in a DAS environment that caches the most frequently accessed data (Hot Data) onto lower latency SSDs to dynamically accelerate application work loads
  • Bulk storage: The first element is the bulk storage device, which is any supported HDD attached to the HPE Smart Array controller

  • Accelerator: The second element, the accelerator, is a faster/lower latency SSD device that caches data

  • Metadata: The final element is metadata, information held in a relatively small storage areathat maps the location of information residing on the accelerator and bulk storage devices

Disk drive and enclosure
6 Gb/s SAS
Upgradeable firmware
Yes (With recovery ROM feature)
Server interface
x8 PCIe 3.0 provides 8 GB/s maximum bandwidth
SAS connectors
2 internal (Mini-SAS) x8 wide port connectors
RAID support
  • RAID 6, 6+0 (Advanced data guarding)

  • RAID 5, 5+0 (Distributed data guarding)

  • RAID 1, 1+0 (Striping and mirroring)

  • RAID 0 (Striping)

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Software overview

Feature
Description
Software suite
  • HPE SIM

  • HPE Smart Storage Administrator

Operating systems and virtualization software support
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (x64 & x86)

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (x64 & x86)

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x64 & x86)

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x64 & x86)

  • VMware ESX 4.1

  • VMware ESXi 4.1, 5.0, 5.1

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Link to product specifications

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Link to driver, firmware, software and manuals

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Legal Disclaimer: Products sold prior to the November 1, 2015 separation of Hewlett-Packard Company into Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and HP Inc. may have older product names and model numbers that differ from current models.

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